jazzy jeudi - DUO PHilippe Guidat & Pascal rollando
Presented in partnership with St Kilda Jazz
Alliance Française de Melbourne's Basement, 51 Grey St, St Kilda.
Thursday 9 November at 8pm. Doors open at 7:30pm.
Full $20 / AFM members $15. Advanced online bookings recommended as places are limited.
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November 9: DUO Philippe Guidat & Pascal Rollando
This November, Jazzy Jeudi is delighted to welcome to the stage French duo Phillippe Guidat and Pascal Rollando. The pair have been invited to Australia for the Wangaratta Jazz Festival and will present a new project which connects the natural acoustic characteristics of their instruments: guitar and percussion.
Philippe Guidat and Pascal Rollando began collaborating together in the spring of 2014, after a fortuitous encounter and a conversation about musical aesthetics. Pascal Rollondo is a renowned musician within his musical universe (working with the likes of Bernardo Sandoval, Renaud Garcia Fons, and Serge Lopez) who Philippe Guidat had listened to and admired for many years.
Wanting to respect the character and the language of their instruments, their influence mainly comes from the Mediterranean basin, but is also inspired by jazz and contemporary music. The rhythms, modes and harmonies often make reference to specific styles (flamenco, and Andalusian classical for example) while transforming and adapting these influences to produce something musically creative.
Using conventional techniques, personal explorations and experimentations, the musicians take the audience on a voyage to an imaginary world where they experience a wide range of sounds, tones, atmospheres and accents, from Spain to India.
PHILIPPE GUIDAT & PASCAL ROLLANDO BIOGRAPHY
Philippe Guidat: Guitar
Born in 1976, Philippe is a guitarist, composer and arranger with an eclectic background, who has participated on the recording of nearly 10 albums. Founder and composer of the group AZULEJOS, Guidat has always been very fond of discovering and mixing new cultures, which has led him to share the stage with many musicians from different backgrounds: French jazzman, Nguyen Lê, Louis Winsberg and Alfio Origlio, Flamenco singer Paco El Lobo, dancers Sharon Sultan and Veronica Vallecillo, Irish flautist and singer Nuala Kennedy with whom he founded the group ‘VOYAGE de NUIT’, English folk musicians Luke Daniels and Julian Sutton, Italian accordionist Filippo Gambetta, Carnatic Indian singer Sri Venudas Venugopal, Romanian Gypsy brass band Lui Galan, Afro-Bolivian ethnic groups in the Amazonian rainforest, as well as Christian Pincock and French composer Gilles Ballet for an electronic creation. For several years, he has also worked on music with American composer Philip Glass even in his New York studio. In 2006, he was a finalist in the European Guitar Award in Germany and has for the past 10 years been frequenting a number of stages all of France and internationally (within Europe, the United States and Latin America). Philip has participated in the creation of a number of albums and has also composed scores for two short films.
Pascal Rollando: Percussion
Born in 1961 in Brittany, after spending 18 years in the northern half of France, Pascal Rollando hit the road in the direction of Toulouse with nothing but his dream of being a musician. Passionate about music, and possessed by rhythm, he performed to his first audience in the Parisian metro with his eyes closed, before busking at the flea market in Toulouse in the early 80s. It was during this time that he made his first big break, when he met Flamenco guitarist Bernardo Sandoval who took him on board. It was through oral tradition that he learnt music, much like a child learning their mother tongue. He spent many years performing in bars in the south-west of France, before stepping into recording studios, firstly with Bernardo Sanoval, and then Antonio Ruiz, Serge Lopez, and Jean-Luc Amestoy. From here, many other unexpected collaborations opened up with musicians such as Pauline Ester, Nilda Fernandez, Michel Artmengo, Jean Pierre Mader, Michel Fugain, Ute Lemper, Zebda and Serge Lopez. In 2007 he played with double bass legend Renaud Garcia Fons, initially just as a replacement, which then transformed into a tour and later a project with David Venitucci on accordion and Antonio Ruiz on guitar.
'Jazzy Jeudi' concert series 2017
Throughout the year, Jazzy Jeudi (meaning 'Jazzy Thursday' in French) will feature various jazz performers once a month on a Thursday evening, often incorporating a component of French language or a repertoire of French music. The performances will be held in the intimate concert space in the basement of the Alliance Française.
Jazzy Jeudi is a follow on from the successful St Kilda Summer Jazz 2016 event, which presented a series of concerts over one weekend with artists performing at a range of venues in St Kilda.
April – The New Impromptu Quartet
May – Monique diMattina
June – The New Impromptu Quartet with Mikey Chan
September – The New Impromptu Quartet with Tim Neal
October – Bob Sedergreen and Friends
November – Philippe Guidat & Pascal Rollando
December – The New Impromptu Quartet
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